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The Beginning of the Anti-Catholic Persecutions in America – Again…

16 May 2013

Posted by Sofia Guerra
16 May 2013 Anno Domini

It seems as if the “Know Nothing Party is back from the 19th century. This time the same mentality is led by the “Democrat” party (Progressives aka American Marxists) and their leader Barack Obama. His comtempt for the Catholic Church, mirrored by his Progressive Marxist followers and the party once known as the Democrat Party are going to make sure they make the “Know Nothings” of a past century look like school children. Supposed “CATHOLICS” continue to support him, from electing him the first time and then re-electing him! His administration and followers blatantly attack and through unconstitutional means persecute Catholics in the way of Religious Liberty, Free Speech and targeted attacks on their way of life and means of making a living.

If you claim to be Catholic, remember this: voting for this person has guaranteed your faith means nothing. But then if you voted for him, then it already meant nothing. You are either for Christ or you are against Him.

READ THIS AND WEEP:

‘Very Frightening’: Prominent Catholic Prof. Claims IRS Audited Her After Speaking Out Against Obama and Demanded to Know Who Was Paying Her

from The Blaze by Billy Hallowell
Mqy 15, 2013

  • Noted professor and sociologist Dr. Anne Hendershott claims IRS may have targeted her with a 2010 audit
  • IRS demanded to know which groups paid her and seemed to want to know more about their backgrounds
  • Hendershott believes her articles critical of President Barack Obama’s policies and George Soros’ funding of liberal Catholic groups may have spawned the IRS audit
  • Audit was emotionally and financially expensive and scared the professor into silence
  • Dr. Anne Hendershot (Photo Credit: Franciscan University)

    In the midst of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal, individuals and groups, alike, are continuing to come forward with ever-startling allegations. On Wednesday, Dr. Anne Hendershott, a devout Catholic and a noted sociologist, professor and author, exclusively told TheBlaze that she believes she may have been one of the IRS’s targets.

    According to Hendershott, the IRS audited her in 2010 and demanded to know who was paying her. While they did not ask directly it seemed as though the agent wanted to know about the leanings of these particular organizations.

    It all started with a phone call she received at her home in May of that year — a call during which Hendershott was told she would be audited. A letter that followed on May 19, 2010 solidified the IRS’s request to meet her in person two months later in July. While IRS investigations are certainly not uncommon occurrences, the professor believes that the situation surrounding hers was more-than-curious.

    “The IRS calls my house and says … ‘I just wanted to let you know that we’re going to be auditing your business’ and I said ‘My businesses?’ and he said, ‘You know the expenses you take off for writing,” the academic recalls.

    Hendershott was surprised she was being audited on business grounds considering she does not operate an entrepreneurial endeavor in the traditional sense. In addition to her academic work, she told TheBlaze that she occasionally freelances for Catholic outlets and for the Wall Street Journal. But can this really be considered “business” activity?

    “I don’t make a lot of money from writing. In fact most years I don’t show a profit,” she told TheBlaze.

    Hendershott said some of the outlets and organizations she has written for haven’t paid her a cent.

    But the circumstances surrounding the irregular nature of the experience don’t end there. Hendershott noted it was particularly surprising that she, alone, was audited. Her husband, who brings in the vast majority of the family’s income, was not included in the IRS’s inquiry — even though the Hendershotts always files jointly.

    So when the agent explained that she would need to come alone and in person to discuss her “business” activity in July of 2010, the professor was perplexed.

    “[The IRS agent] didn’t even let me decide when it would be good for me … He didn’t want my husband to come,” she said of the meeting, which was held at an IRS office in New Haven, Connecticut.

    The process was a grueling one, including many questions that Hendershott felt were political in nature. Numerous records were requested before the in-person meeting, as well as during and after.

    “Every question had to do with bank deposits we made. Every single question,” she said. “What is this money? And I didn’t know a lot of it. We had to go to our bank and get deposits back. We had to get records showing where the money came from.”

    While asking about the deposits, the agent wanted to know if the monies came from groups and, if so, more about who the organizations were.

    The mention of groups, Hendershott notes, is particularly interesting, as she had been writing for numerous Catholic outlets and organizations at the time. In addition to Catholic World Report and the Catholic Advocate, she also penned op-eds for the Wall Street Journal. Many of these writings were critical of President Barack Obama and his policies.

    And the plot thickens. Among the organizations she targeted in her writings were progressive groups highly supportive of Democratic causes, including: Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Catholics United, and Catholic Democrats.

    Credit AP

    At the time, one of the founders of Catholics United, Chris Korzen, had become a target of her work, as she exposed, in her view, his true leftist agenda and some of the complicated theological stances the left-of-center organizations he associated with were taking. Plus, there were alleged financial ties with billionaire liberal George Soros. Here’s just two paragraphs from an article she wrote in March 2010, just months before her meeting with IRS officials:

    On its website, Catholics United describes itself as a 501(c) (4) non-profit organization—eligible to accept donations. But, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good emerged in 2005 as a kind of sister organization to Catholics United. A 501(c) (3) organization, donors can claim a deduction against personal income tax when they donate money to Catholics in Alliance. Reviewing the 2007 IRS 990 forms for both Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United raises some questions, because Chris Korzen is listed as having received $84,821 in compensation for 40 hours per week from Catholics in Alliance on the group’s 990 Form—even though the Catholics United website claimed he was the director there during the same time period. […]

    Despite their inability to engage in extensive lobbying, Catholics in Alliance has been extremely successful in attracting large donors. Never a friend to the Catholic Church, George Soros, one of the earliest donors, contributed $50,000 to Catholics in Alliance in 2005 and another $100,000 in 2006 through his Open Society Institute. Likewise, Smith Bagley, a major Democratic donor and fundraiser, whose wife, Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, is Chairman of the Board of Catholics in Alliance, came close to matching Soros with grants from his family’s Arca Foundation. With a long history of supporting progressive organizations like ACORN, the Gamaliel Foundation, People for the American Way, and Planned Parenthood, Arca contributed $50,000 to Catholics in Alliance in 2007 and another $75,000 in 2008.

    Hendershott can’t help but wonder if her writings against progressive groups played a role in her audit. It’s obvious that before she was notified by the IRS she was commenting regularly about matters of faith and politics and, in particular, Obamacare. While she doesn’t have proof that the IRS investigation was political in nature, she has strong suspicions that it was.

    “I started writing articles like crazy saying these are fake Catholic groups,” she said of the aforementioned organizations, noting that Korzen would often target her work and rail against her assertions.

    Hendershott noted that the progressive leader once called into a radio show she appeared on to challenge her contention that he had accepted Soros money.

    “I had the tax return in front of me and read off the amounts that Chris Korzen was getting paid from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good — a Soros supported fake Catholic group,” she told TheBlaze, noting that, through Catholics in Alliance, he had received $85,000.

    While Korzen denied this on the air, Hendershott read from the 990 form in an effort to prove he wasn’t telling the truth. This, she believes, may have sparked — or played a role — in spawning the IRS audit.

    “He was getting paid by one organization and working for another,” the professor said of Korzen. ”The IRS should have gone after them.”

    Her writings for the Catholic Advocate soon ceased because, Hendershott admits, the IRS audit silenced her. If her suspicions are true, this may have been its chilling intention.

    “I haven’t written for them since the audit, because I was so scared,” she said (records show her last article for the organization was on July 10, 2010 — the same month the IRS audit unfolded).

    So far, she has only shared her story with friends and those close to her, but in light of the recent IRS scandal, she has decided to speak out.

    “It was clear they didn’t like me criticizing the people who helped pass Obamacare,” she said of the audit,” later adding, ”The IRS is very frightening.”

    In addition to creating stress and fear, Hendershott said that the experience came at a great emotional and financial expense for the family, noting that even after the audit the government sought more information from her.

    “It was like they just couldn’t find what they wanted because they wanted more and more and more,” she said.

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    Editor’s Note (Blaze): A correction was made to note that the IRS did not directly ask “what their politics were” in regards to the organizations Hendershott wrote for. Hendershott clarified the agent seemed to want more information about the groups’ backgrounds.


    Timothy Cardinal Dolan: “loving a country which considers Religious Liberty our first and most cherished freedom”

    19 October 2012

    Posted by Sofia Guerra
    October 19, 2012 A.D.

    (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    Catholic Bloggers today are reviewing the You Tube videos of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial dinner last night with tongue in cheek, but Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s most eloquent remarks NEED to be written about. From 3:56 on in the video is an example of a man who has his opportunity to stand with Truth and he hit a homerun. Attending the dinner with His Eminence in that “A” list room, were the usual suspects…Chris Matthews, Katie Couric and the rest of the elite “UN”faithful to TRUTH. What goes through their minds when they hear Truth? One wonders. I pray for them.

    Thank you Your Eminence, for doing the right thing. It would have been easy in front of that crowd to be a people pleaser, to say what they wanted to hear to show what a great guy you are. You delivered the TRUTH in charity…

    To all your critics who felt that Obama shouldn’t have been invited, I understand why he was. Timothy Cardinal Dolan knew he would speak truth directly to Obama and his adorers. He knew he was going to speak Truth.

    Now I get it.


    “It’s on now, b*†©#∑$!” @manwithblackhat talks big trash… UH OH ;)

    4 October 2012

    Editor’s Note: I apologize in advance if I offend anyone’s sensibilities by crossposting this very enlightening and funny piece by David Alexander. Two of the phrases used in the piece are words we wouldn’t use in polite company and for that I say “Mea culpa…” Let’s be real, however…we are all adults here and after having our Religious Liberty threatened by a man who obviously thinks Catholics are stupid or too wimpy to stand up for our Faith, I suggest we all get over it and understand that we are human and we are sinners and that SOMETIMES…no other words can suffice. I am taking a chance here but I think Religious Liberty trumps two off-color words couched in symbols. If I am wrong, Christ will judge me. God love you as I do, Sofia

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    Obligatory Post-Whoop-@$$ Wrap-Up

    by David Alexander
    at his blog, ManwithBlackHat
    October 4, 2012 A.D.

    Do I have to explain who won the first Presidential debate last night? Do I? Huh?

    Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama’s meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look.

    Obama looked tired, even bored; he kept looking down …

    The rest of David’s post continued after the jump>>> HERE!


    I CAN’T EVEN PROCESS THIS!

    7 March 2012

    Some may have noticed that AlwaysCatholic has been unusually silent during the time of the HHS Mandate and the taking of Religious Liberty from Catholics. When the story broke and the Catholic blogosphere was going crazy (doing a superb job, by the way) I was getting ready for Confession that afternoon.

    I became quite emotional (surprise), angry and was bordering on committing a mortal sin against charity. I received a call from my Confessor confirming our appointment for him to hear my Confession and bring me Holy Communion. Before ending the call, Father said to me, “Oh Sofia, by the way…no writing on the HHS scandal.” I was silenced. Father was correct. I knew why, he knew why and all of you know why.

    I love to let go a rant when frustrated with situations concerning the Church as you are already, well aware. Father had one responsibility. The salvation of my soul. I honored the silence. It hs been so very hard…I read everything out there and all of it was marvelous. However, I felt left out…

    Father assigned me much spiritual reading and prayer during that time. Little by little, I started to find a peace in the silence. I started to hear God in the “still, small voice of my heart.” St John of the Cross I started to hear God speak to me that my false pride was falling away day by day and that charity would replace it. It did.

    Father spent much time explaining “fraternal correction” with charity as opposed to just ranting with anger. Oh, no worry, Father says I can rant, but to keep my eye on how I do it. At all times, fraternal correction with charity.

    I am now released to write and tomorrow hope to put up a recap piece with source information for all to have to prepare for the battle. I will be spending much energy trying to get all of you out to the streets to defend our Faith. My interns were given permission to post the few pieces concerning the mandate, so please don’t come back and say that I was diobedient! LOL! I am always struggling with disobedience, but I gave this one my best.

    Thank you Father for caring about my soul… and I promise I will keep trying.

    Now, I have found Thomas Peters’ post on CatholicVote.org at his AmericanPapist Blog. I won’t comment today on this because I Thomas has hit a bulls eye. From the beginning of Obama’s administration the arrogance of this White House has been telling us what we should believe and what out Catholic Teaching actually purports. “Sister” Carol Keehan gave them her imprimatur (given to her by Mr. Rourke of Fantasy Island) on all things Catholic. Carol Keehan unfortunately continues to delude herself that she is the President of the USCCB. Her press release issued immediately after Obama’s so-called compromise says it all.

    That’s all for now, I will be back soon with the resource post for all of us to be ready to fight for our Religious Liberty.

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    Cardinal Dolan: White House Lectured My USCCB Staff On How to Interpret Catholic Teaching!

    by Thomas Peters
    American Papist Blog
    at Catholic Vote.org

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan sent a letter to his brother bishops earlier this week where he revealed a shocking conversation that recently took place at a meeting between White House and USCCB staff:

    At a recent meeting between staff of the bishops’ conference and the White House staff, our staff members asked directly whether the broader concerns of religious freedom—that is, revisiting the straight-jacketing mandates, or broadening the maligned exemption—are all off the table. They were informed that they are. So much for “working out the wrinkles.” Instead, they advised the bishops’ conference that we should listen to the “enlightened” voices of accommodation, such as the recent, hardly surprising yet terribly unfortunate editorial in America. The White House seems to think we bishops simply do not know or understand Catholic teaching and so, taking a cue from its own definition of religious freedom, now has nominated its own handpicked official Catholic teachers

    Let’s break this down so we don’t miss anything about the context or gravity of the situation: 1. This meeting was prompted because the White House decided to curtail and violate the religious freedom of the Catholic Church and individual Catholics.

    2. The White House refused to consult with Catholic bishops while originally formulating and issuing this mandate. President Obama misled Cardinal Dolan when he promised the Cardinal he would be happy with the White House’s final decision.

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    Cardinal Timothy Dolan sent a letter to his brother bishops earlier this week where he revealed a shocking conversation that recently took place at a meeting between White House and USCCB staff:

    At a recent meeting between staff of the bishops’ conference and the White House staff, our staff members asked directly whether the broader concerns of religious freedom—that is, revisiting the straight-jacketing mandates, or broadening the maligned exemption—are all off the table. They were informed that they are. So much for “working out the wrinkles.” Instead, they advised the bishops’ conference that we should listen to the “enlightened” voices of accommodation, such as the recent, hardly surprising yet terribly unfortunate editorial in America. The White House seems to think we bishops simply do not know or understand Catholic teaching and so, taking a cue from its own definition of religious freedom, now has nominated its own handpicked official Catholic teachers

    Let’s break this down so we don’t miss anything about the context or gravity of the situation:

    1. This meeting was prompted because the White House decided to curtail and violate the religious freedom of the Catholic Church and individual Catholics.

    2. The White House refused to consult with Catholic bishops while originally formulating and issuing this mandate. President Obama misled Cardinal Dolan when he promised the Cardinal he would be happy with the White House’s final decision.

    3. The White House has continually lied about and misrepresented the opinion and position of the U.S. Bishops in this process (claiming, for instance, that they were always against Obamacare and that Catholic Charities USA supported their false accomodation). They have continued to act in bad faith.

    4. The White House has also chosen to ally itself with liberal, left-wing Catholic dissenters like Sr. Carol Keehan throughout this process, thereby snubbing the U.S. Bishops and all faithful Catholics.

    (Are you still there? Because now it gets really good….)

    5. After all of this, when the White House finally gets around to inviting staff authorized by the USCCB to negotiate on behalf of them, the White House says what to them?! First, they issue an ultimatum saying all compromise is off the table. So what on earth are they supposed to talk about if the White House refuses from the outset to compromise in any way, shape, or form? The cynical answer is the White House, once again, simply wanted to establish the appearance of dialogue while offering zero substance.

    6. Then, the White House proceeds to lecture the USCCB staff about how to interpret Catholic teaching! Can you imagine anything more offensive? Telling Catholics how to be Catholic? They show them a copy of the America editorial as if a) the staff has not already read it and b) the U.S. Bishops give a fig what the editors of America think.

    Please click HERE for the rest of this unbelievable story! Actually, it’s very believable…


    “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

    5 September 2011

    A very sad Labor Day in America…

    Hoffa Threatens GOP At Obama Event: “Take These Sons Of Bitches Out”

     

     

    Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.

    “We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd.

    “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” Hoffa added.

    Obama addressed the crowd shortly after Hoffa.

    H/T to RealClearPolitics


    Obama’s Response:

    Obama Declares He’s ‘Proud’ of Hoffa–After Hoffa Declares ‘War’ on Tea Party ‘Sons-Of-Bitches’

     

     

    Lord, forgive us…



    Please, pray for our country!

    The USA Chaplet is an approved devotion for all to pray to save our country in this time of spiritual warfare. Please click on this link here for all Chaplet information. A beautiful devotion specifically for our country. God Bless America!


    30 Reasons why George Soros makes my skin crawl…UPDATED 10:20pm EST

    17 November 2010

    George Soros the ex-Nazi (can you ever be an ex-Nazi?) and overall bad guy openly and blatantly shows us today that he owns Obama and the Democrat Party.

    Soros’ “Center for American Progress” released a report today which illustrates and defines the way Obama can “fundamentally transform” America in 30 Executive actions.

    The abominable report is posted as follows with the link to his site for further review. When you, dear reader are finished at his site, it might be time to pull out the Rosary and pray for our future here in America. It’s THAT bad.

    Here at AlwaysCatholic we try to inform the reader of all things moral or immoral that shape our society so that as Catholics we can respond as the Body of Christ.

    Here, reader, is YOUR opportunity to be recognized and counted as being AlwaysCatholic. Read this report. Send an email to Soros and his Center for American Progress. Send a copy to the Bishops Conference and ask your Bishop, what can be done about a man who spews evil and is using his wealth and power to control our lives. See if you get an answer. I doubt it.

    Then go to the polls every election, particularly the locals elections and vote! Take it a step further and run for a local office. Make a difference. Remember, being “Always Catholic” means just that.

    ALWAYS CATHOLIC…NO MATTER WHAT!!

    Here is a summary of the report from Soros’ site, the pdf file is at the link at the end of this piece. Go to the site. Read the full report for yourself. Now it’s time to do the right thing.


    The Power of the President
    Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change

    A podium bears the seal of the President of the United States.
    SOURCE: AP/J. Scott Applewhite/em>

    By the Center for American Progress Staff and Senior Fellows, Compiled by Sarah Rosen Wartell | November 16, 2010

    Introduction and summary
    The opportunity

    Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage. Instead, the administration can focus on the president’s ability to deliver results for the American people on the things that matter most to them:

    * Job creation and economic competitiveness
    * Educational excellence
    * A clean energy future and energy independence
    * Quality affordable health care
    * Consumer protection
    * The home foreclosure crisis
    * Accountable government delivering results at lower cost
    * Sustainable security for the nation

    In addition, the key legislative accomplishments of President Obama’s first two years in office, most notably health care and financial reform, now need to be implemented effectively. Both the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act require hundreds of separate rule- makings and other agency actions to implement the legislative framework.

    The public has made clear its disgust with Washington’s ways—the same sentiment that helped to bring President Obama to office. It would be a welcome relief from watching legislative maneuvering to see the work of a strong executive who is managing the business of the country through troubled times, doing more with less, each day working to create a stronger economy and a more effective government.

    The Obama administration, of course, is already using the capacity of the presidency to drive change in the public and private sector. For example, it promoted the forma1tion of Skills for America’s Future, a new public-private initiative in support of the president’s goal of 5 million more community college graduates and certificates by 2020. At the recent White House Community College Summit, convened by Dr. Jill Biden, industry, labor unions, community colleges, and other training providers made commitments to help put this initiative into action.

    Similarly, President Obama’s recent trip to India provided an opportunity for him to win agreements that will bring significant economic benefits to U.S. firms and American workers. Trade transactions were announced or showcased, exceeding $14.9 billion in total value with $9.5 billion in U.S. export content, supporting an estimated 53,670 U.S. jobs in the production of aircraft, energy generation equipment, advanced machinery, and telecommunications services, among others.

    There is much more the president can do. The list below of ideas from the Center for American Progress’s policy experts offers just some of the many possible actions the administration can take using existing authority to move the country forward.

    Specifically, in the energy and environmental arena, the president can:

    * Reduce oil imports and make progress toward energy independence.
    * Progress toward reducing greenhouse gas pollution by 17 percent by 2020.
    * Conserve federal lands for future generations.
    * Manage public lands to support a balanced energy strategy.
    * Convene and engage hunters and anglers in the development of a fish and wildlife climate adaptation plan.
    * Generate solar energy on U.S. Air Force hangar roofs.

    On the domestic economic policy front, President Obama can:

    * Direct an assessment, strategy, and new policy development to promote U.S. competitiveness.
    * Launch the new consumer financial protection bureau with an aggressive agenda to protect and empower consumers.
    * Increase the capacity of small businesses to expand hiring and purchases by accelerating the implementation of the Small Business Jobs Act.
    * Promote automatic mediation to avoid foreclosure where possible and speed resolution.
    * Create a web portal to empower housing counselors, reduce burdens on lenders, and speed up home mortgage modifications.
    * Help stabilize home values and communities by turning “shadow REO” housing inventory into “scattered site” rental housing.
    * Promote practices that support working families.

    Elsewhere on the domestic policy front, the Obama administration can:

    * Partner with the private sector in health care payment reform.
    * Focus on health care prevention in implementing the Affordable Care Act.
    * Streamline and simplify access to federal antipoverty programs.
    * Replace costly, inhumane immigration detention policies with equally effective measures.

    In the education policy arena, the president can:

    * Launch an “educational productivity” initiative to help school districts spend every dollar wisely to best prepare our children for the 21st century.
    * Ensure students can compare financial aid offers from different postsecondary institutions.
    * Improve the quality, standards, and productivity of postsecondary education.

    In improving the performance of the federal government, the president can:

    * Scrutinize federal spending programs and tax expenditures to achieve greater returns on public investment.
    * Build the next-generation Recovery.gov web site to track all public expenditures and performance in real time.
    * Use new information technology for faster, more transparent freedom of information.
    * Create a virtual U.S. statistical agency.
    * Collect data on lesbian ,gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans in federal data surveys.

    And in the foreign policy and national security arena, the president and his administration can:

    * Rebalance our Afghanistan strategy with greater emphasis on political and diplomatic progress.
    * Promote domestic revenue generation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    * Appoint a special envoy for the Horn of Africa and the southwest Arabian Peninsula region.
    * Appoint a special commission to assess contracting practices in national security and foreign affairs.
    * Use executive branch authority to mitigate the impact of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy if Congress does not repeal it.
    * Redouble support for Palestinian state- and institution-building efforts.
    * Pursue dual-track policy on Iran while sharpening focus on Iranian human rights issues.
    * Reinvigorate the U.S.-Turkey strategic alliance. Develop a comprehensive policy on the Russia-Georgia conflict.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list of the important policy objectives President Obama can pursue over the next two years, but it illustrates the range of important executive branch work beyond proposing and negotiating legislation.

    Statement from John D. Podesta
    November 15, 2010

    In the aftermath of this month’s midterm congressional elections, pundits and politicians across the ideological spectrum are focusing on how difficult it will be for President Barack Obama to advance his policy priorities through Congress. Predictions of stalemate abound. And some debate whether the administration should tack to the left or to the center and compromise with or confront the new House leadership.

    As a former White House chief of staff, I believe those to be the wrong preoccupations. President Obama’s ability to govern the country as chief executive presents an opportunity to demonstrate strength, resolve, and a capacity to get things done on a host of pressing challenges of importance to the public and our economy. Progress, not positioning, is what the public wants and deserves.

    The U.S. Constitution and the laws of our nation grant the president significant authority to make and implement policy. These authorities can be used to ensure positive progress on many of the key issues facing the country through:

    * Executive orders
    * Rulemaking
    * Agency management
    * Convening and creating public-private partnerships
    * Commanding the armed forces
    * Diplomacy

    The ability of President Obama to accomplish important change through these powers should not be underestimated. President Bush, for example, faced a divided Congress throughout most of his term in office, yet few can doubt his ability to craft a unique and deeply conservative agenda using every aspect of the policymaking apparatus at his disposal. And, after his party lost control of Congress in 1994, President Clinton used executive authority and convening power to make significant progressive change. For instance, he protected more great spaces in the lower 48 states than any president since Theodore Roosevelt, established for the first time significant protections for Americans’ medical privacy, and urged the creation of the Welfare-to-Work Partnership that enlisted the help of 20,000 businesses in moving more than 1 million welfare recipients into the workforce.

    The upshot: Congressional gridlock does not mean the federal government stands still. This administration has a similar opportunity to use available executive authorities while also working with Congress where possible. At the Center for American Progress, we look forward to our nation continuing to make progress.

    Link to Soros’ Center for American Progress and the pdf file of the above mentioned report: The Power of the President

    UPDATE:



    Podesta calls on Obama to circumvent Congress

    Former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff John Podesta, now the head of the Center for American Progress, called on President Obama to push forward with his agenda using federal agencies and executive branch power Tuesday, even though Democrats were dealt a blow in the recent midterm elections. Podesta said the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda.

    “I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Podesta said. “While that’s an important conversation, it simply ignores the president’s ability to use all levels of his power and authority to move the country forward.”

    Citing his experience in Clinton’s White House after the GOP House takeover of 1994, Podesta said Obama’s administration “can and should take” the specific measures detailed in a report released by the Center for American Progress, [see article above] utilizing all the tools at its disposal to circumvent Congress in a way to keep his agenda moving forward.

    “One of the best ways for the Obama administration to achieve results of that nature, in the short term, is through substantial executive authority to make and implement policy,” Podesta said. “As noted in the Constitution and the laws of the United States give the president the ability and the responsibility to act as the chief executive using authorities granted to all presidents such as executive orders, rule-makings, agency management and public-private partnerships.”

    Even though he said that he disagreed with why former President George W. Bush went about using them, he defended how the former president used executive actions in a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

    “No one can doubt that President Bush, also, when he took office in 2001, made extensive use of his executive authorities,” Podesta said. “Sometimes I agreed with it, often I didn’t, but he was able to move the policy agenda forward using executive authority.”

    In an April 2005 speech about the importance of checks and balances in government, however, Podesta opposed the president expanding his executive boundaries.

    “I’m convinced that Americans want the president and the Congress to work together to ensure that judges who populate the federal bench and who serve with life tenure are highly qualified men and women whose views are within the constitutional mainstream,” Podesta said in the April 2005 speech, according to a transcript obtained by The Daily Caller. “The filibuster is a means towards that end. Why? Because it encourages presidents to consult with the Senate and to name moderate, mainstream nominees who will judge cases fairly and without bias, and who will have no difficulty garnering the votes of 60 senators that they need to be confirmed. By removing the safeguard offered by the filibuster, the nuclear option would seriously and perhaps irreparably damage an institution that has functioned since its inception under customs and traditions that ensure an atmosphere of careful deliberation and mutual respect.”

    Podesta’s staff wouldn’t return TheDC’s request for comment on his change of heart regarding the president’s use of executive power.

    By Matthew Boyle – The Daily Caller | Published: 2:47 AM 11/17/2010 | Updated: 1:23 PM 11/17/2010

    Isn't Free Speech a GOOD Thing?

    15 May 2010



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    Wake Up America and Smell the AGENDA!

    14 May 2010


    Another nail in the coffin of Liberty? POTUS PICKS SCOTUS NOMINEE KAGAN

    10 May 2010

    AP source: Obama chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

    By BEN FELLER

    Associated Press 5/10/2010

    President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to  the Supreme Court, a person

    FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2010 file photo, U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan speaks during a panel about Women Advocates of the Supreme Court Bar at the Newseum in Washington. If President Barack Obama... (Associated Press)

    familiar with the president’s thinking said Sunday night.

    The move positions the court to have three female justices for the first time in history.

    The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been made public. Obama will announce his choice at 10 a.m. Monday in the East Room of the White House.

    Known as sharp and politically savvy, Kagan has led a blazing legal career: first female dean of Harvard Law School, first woman to serve as the top Supreme Court lawyer for any administration, and now first in Obama’s mind to succeed legendary liberal Justice John Paul Stevens.

    At 50 years old, Kagan would be the youngest justice on the court, one of many factors working in her favor. She has the chance to extend Obama’s legacy for a generation.

    Kagan must first win Senate confirmation.

    A source close to the selection process said a central element in Obama’s choice was Kagan’s reputation for bringing together people of competing views and earning their respect.

    Kagan came to the fore as a candidate who had worked closely with all three branches of government, a legal mind with both a sense of modesty and sense of humor. The source spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss factors that led to Kagan’s impending nomination. More…


    Editors Note: Note to self: Pray hard. Get every person mesmerized with this Socialist/Progressive POTUS to wake up and smell the stink & vote out every Socialist/Progressive in Nov. 2010.

    Plan B: Pray harder. Catholics who voted for Obama, this is YOUR FAULT!! Don’t blame anyone but yourselves on the Day of your Judgment. Good Luck! As Ever, Sophia
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    *Points up, nodding* … yep, what she said … exactly! :-(  …. God HELP us, everyone! ~Mary



    Who's Land does GOD say it is??

    29 April 2010

    It goes beyond my comprehension how one group can demand something from another group when they have no right to it. Is not Israel the ONLY nation in the world that had its borders drawn out by GOD HIMSELF? So, tell me … where is the problem with this? I know, it all reverts back to Abraham and Sarah and ‘the boys’. Certainly Abraham’s seed was multiplied as the stars in the skies and the sands of the shore … and until Jesus returns, there will be no peace between them :-(
    What are we looking at in the near future?
    Peace talks seem to be getting closer and closer … (keep an eye out for the guy that finally gets ’em to sign on the dotted line!)
    Iran has spoken the prophetic words from the Bible about Israel’s name being no more remembered and wiping the Jews from the face of the earth.
    All 3 major religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) all expecting their respective Messiah’s in the not so distant future.
    We certainly have the wars and rumors of wars along with most if not all the other signs of which Matthew 24 speaks.
    More than anything else, we’ve really begun to see good being called EVIL and evil being called GOOD.
    WE NEED TO PRAY AS NEVER BEFORE! Don’t leave it up to someone else …. we all need to storm heaven, do penance and forgive each other. Not sweating the small stuff has taken on a new meaning  ….. don’t hold on to grudges … do what’s REALLY important …. PRAY for each other and the WORLD!



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